SEATTLE — Gennifer Brandon has 17 points and 16 rebounds and No. 5 California scored the first 11 points on its way to a 78-59 win over USC in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Conference tournament on Friday.
California, the No. 2 seed in the tourney despite sharing the regular season crown with Stanford, will face No. 14 UCLA in the semifinals tonight.
Brandon led a balanced scoring attack for the Golden Bears, who clinched a share of their first conference title in school history last Saturday with a win over Washington. Afure Jemerigbe and Brittany Boyd both added 15 as California (28-2) won its 16th straight. The 28 wins sets a single-season school record.
Cassie Harberts led USC (11-20) with 24 points.
No. 14 UCLA 54, Utah 43: At Seattle, Jasmine Dixon and Atonye Nyingifa both scored 11 points, and UCLA held off Utah’s second-half rally in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Conference tournament.
The Bruins will play No. 5 California in the semifinals. UCLA (24-6) was swept by California during the regular season, including a 28-point loss at home last month.
Alyssia Brewer added 10 points for the Bruins, but missed a large portion of the game after leaving with an injury midway through the first half. She limped off the court with 8:59 left in the first half, but returned early in the second half.
Michelle Plouffe had 10 points and 14 rebounds for Utah (18-13), but made just 3 of 13 shots.